There’s always a sense of excitement when you first take a dosha test. It has a similar quality to reading your horoscope, where you’re keen to reach the results page and discover “which dosha you are” or what Ayurveda knows about you. While we appreciate you might be feeling a similar sense of intrigue right now, we just want to take a moment to put the brakes on and move things forward at a much slower pace. You see, Ayurveda is not just a fad, it’s an incredibly powerful science and to really embrace it, you need to dig much deeper and go beyond some quick paragraph that describes you and your dosha in a few sweeping statements.

We are all three doshas.

The first thing you need to know about your dosha test result is that all three doshas exist within you. The doshas are the building blocks for the entire universe and they make up everything (yourself included)! Your recent dosha test results would probably have confirmed this point too. The results should show that all three doshas are there, but in varying proportions and this unique ratio of the doshas is what forms the foundation of your Ayurvedic profile. The vast majority of people will have one dominant dosha that governs over and above the others, while a few of us will have two dominant doshas (dual-doshic) in fairly equal balance and in some rare cases, people will be made up of all three doshas in equal proportion (tri-doshic).

what you need to know.

The difference between Prakruti and Vikruti.

Prakruti

If you answered the questions correctly in the quiz, then the results should give you a rough idea of your Prakruti, which means the ratio or balance of doshas you were born with (as Mother Nature created you). If one or two doshas came up on top, then you should pay attention to those doshas especially, because they are most natural and inherent to your unique mind/body type. However, please do not get too over attached to your Prakruti result. All too often these days, we hear people peddling this very simplified version of Ayurveda, that is so fixated on people’s prakruti result. Let me tell you right now, my friend, that you are a highly individual person and like no other being on this planet. You are far more complex and far more special than to be boxed up and put into some prison cell, surrounded by one isolated dosha! So, the point is to be mindful of your prakruti result, but not overly concerned by it. Instead, we suggest that you pay more attention to your Vikruti.

Vikruti

To become an Ayurveda master you actually need to learn about all three doshas, because as we have just said, they work in unison to process all the functions of your mind and body. The doshas are constantly moving all the time (like waves on the shore) and are easily swayed by the seasons, time of day and the different stages of your life. This current state or ratio of the doshas is what is known as your Vikruti. In this way, you need to be able to recognise what each of the doshas looks like in and out of balance, so you can identify which one needs to be nurtured at any given time in your life. For that purpose, we have made the process for calculating your Vikruti super simple and created a free online tool called the Kalsi Vikruti Test ®. This is a separate quiz you can use to find out which dosha is out of balance in your constitution RIGHT NOW.